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Our girl is a lab x allegedly mastiff but possibly a spaniel, pointer, pitbull or staff mix. VERY active so we give her lots of mental stimulation games, on-leash structured walks & plenty of off leash physical exercise.


When we're walking along the sidewalk or in the elevator, many dogs try to lunge at her. We've watched her posture and nothing changes when we approach other dogs. It's happened many times where our girl isn't even looking at the other dog because she's more focused on nearby squirrels and still, other dogs will lunge at her. In a lot of these cases, it's obvious by the owners reaction as we approach that they've had problems before. We always know if someone is pulling their dog's leash tight when we approach that their dog will likely lunge at ours.


This doesn't happen all the time and usually it's other big dogs that don't like her but she's also met many dogs where nothing has happened and they've been great.


Anyone have any ideas for why this could be happening?
 

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Is she spayed?
How big is she?

I wouldn't be too concerned about it because if your dog isn't showing any interest in the other dog when it approaches its not your dog. If i walk my dogs down the street and we pass another dog they will lunge only because they want to smell the dog and see whats up. I would say its the owner of that dog that needs to properly handle their dog.

I would just assume its a curiosity thing from the other dogs.
 

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She's 70lbs and she was spayed at 6 months (in the shelter).

The concern is that the other dogs aren't lunging out of curiosity, they're lunging, growling and barking and snapping. A few times now, we've run into off-leash dogs that have darted after her and attacked her. My partner always ends up pulling someone else's dog off of our girl.

It happens so frequently, can it really just be bad luck?
 

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it is probably just bad luck.
try to find a smaller group or single persons in your area that have well-socialised, calm dogs, that are not aggressive towards her and try to have play dates with them.
generally, make sure you're protecting your dog, and not let them have contact with other dogs when on leash. ...if your dog looks a bit like a pit and something happens, they will blame your dog, even if it wasn't the aggressor.
it's not fair, bit that the way it is.
 

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It's bad luck. If she were at all aware of the dogs, I'd say you're likely missing certain signals she's giving off, but if she's not even aware of them ... well, what could she be doing?
 

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Thanks for the reassurance. Given the number of times we've seen dogs lunge at other dogs in our area, we were thinking it was just bad luck too.

I once saw something that said some dogs don't react well to dogs with dark faces & eyes because they have a harder time reading their demeanour but that sounds ridiculous to me. Though, lately I've been wondering because this happens with our girl so often.

And yes, @mathilda, we've been told she does look like a pit mix. You should be able to see her pic in my profile.
 
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